Tire Tightener.

Tire Tightener.

Date: November 8, 1881
Creator: Jones, James Daniel
Description: Patent for a new and improved tire tightener. This design calls for a wheel with a gap rather than a continuous ring, so a double-threaded bolt in the gap may be tightened or loosened to contract or expand the wheel and subsequently the tire.
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Map of Erath County

Map of Erath County

Date: 1896
Creator: Terrell, O. O.; Anthony, P. J. & Von Rosenberg, E.
Description: Blue line print of survey map of Erath County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, cities, towns, and railroads. Handwritten notes have been made on the published map in blue ink to indicate the addition of a road. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
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[Erath County, Texas Fire Department Patch]

[Erath County, Texas Fire Department Patch]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Patch from the Erath County, Texas fire department. The rectangular patch has a black background and yellow edging. "Erath County" is written in red within yellow banners at the vertical edges. The center has a white and yellow Florian Cross containing images of fire equipment in the horizontal points, "Fire Rescue" in the vertical points, and a yellow image of Texas in the center.
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Hotel in Purves, Texas

Hotel in Purves, Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a typical West Texas frontier hotel in the Purvis, Texas. It was operated by Mrs. M. M. Stephen. A porch surrounds the front and sides of the building. A small outbuilding stands next to the hotel.
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Overcoat.

Overcoat.

Date: May 8, 1894
Creator: Gassaway, Benjamin F.
Description: Patent for an overcoat that is "so constructed as to keep dry the legs of the wearer; which is adapted to shed water from horsemen; and which is of the usual external appearance and will not impede or interfere with the locomotion of the wearer" (lines 9-24).
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Tobacco Substitute.

Tobacco Substitute.

Date: March 24, 1891
Creator: Miller, Levi, H.
Description: Patent for an improvement in tobacco substitutes, by using a combination of ingredients that “will completely destroy all desire for tobacco and thus enables them to discontinue its use without any of the inconvenience or suffering,” (lines 18-21) ingredients of the compound are included. No illustration.
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Earth-Auger.

Earth-Auger.

Date: November 27, 1891
Creator: Franks, Madison S.
Description: Patent for an invention that "relates to an implement designed for boring earth, and may be used for well-boring and also for boring post-holes," (lines 11-13) including instructions and illustrations.
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Siphon.

Siphon.

Date: November 3, 1891
Creator: Damron, John H.
Description: Patent for a new siphon used to convey and distribute water for any purposes where it may necessary to convey water over elevations from a higher plane to a lower one, including illustrations.
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Process of Tanning.

Process of Tanning.

Date: October 13, 1891
Creator: Turner, Robert W.
Description: Patent for improvements in tanning by steaming the broom-weed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides) to extract liquor and gradually condense the liquor into a strong solution as tanning ingredient for treatment of hides or skins. No illustration.
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Car-Coupling.

Car-Coupling.

Date: September 8, 1891
Creator: Lewis, Thomas E.
Description: Patent for improvements in car-couplings by using a draw-head having a chamber and a recess from its upper face into the chamber, of a coupling-dog pivoted in the recess and having a notch in its under faces and a hook at its forward end...... and the chain and levers connected with the said eyes.” (Lines 32-41) Illustration is included.
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